Drawing back the curtain to reveal the darker side of Harry Potter tales
THIS month, Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, in Leavesden, is unveiling a new section devoted to the Dark Arts, encompassing Horcruxes and other sinister wizarding artefacts, in what is the studio tour’s first permanent addition since opening.
The Malfoy Manor fireplace will be expanded to depict the headquarters of Lord Voldemort’s followers, the Death Eaters, as seen in the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. You will be able to peer into the drawing room that features ornate chandeliers, an imposing fireplace and the long, grand table around which Bellatrix Lestrange, the Malfoy family, the Death Eaters and Voldemort sat.
The mannequin of captured Muggle Studies teacher Charity Burbage will be suspended above the set, and a life-like model of Voldemort’s loyal 20ft snake, Nagini, will lie on the mahogany table, which will be framed by the costumes of the rat-like Peter Pettigrew and Potions master Severus Snape.
Officially launching on Tuesday, October 14, the new section will also include artefacts and props from Borgin and Burkes, the Knockturn Alley shop Harry accidentally stumbles into in Chamber of Secrets – including the mysterious Hand of Glory, the Vanishing Cabinet and the sarcophagus that hid Harry during a deleted scene from the second film.
A section of Dolores Umbridge’s Ministry of Magic office, including her garish kitten plates, perfectly putrid pink costumes and desk, will be on show as well as Defence Against the Dark Arts professor Remus Lupin’s costumes, magical projector and gramophone.
Sarah Roots, vice-president of Warner Bros Studio Tour London, says: “The Dark Arts feature will be our first new permanent addition since opening in March 2012 and we’re looking forward to unveiling it just in time for Halloween. It’ll showcase the darkest parts of the films and include some props and costumes that have never been on public display before.”
To celebrate the launch, the studio tour is also offer extra Dark Arts activities for the school half-term holidays. From Friday, October 17 until Monday, November 3, a section of the Halloween feast from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be on display in Hogwarts’ Great Hall.